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Former IPFW star Frank Gaines was drafted, but not by the Mad Ants.

Breaking down D-League draft

The Mad Ants went for experience with their first pick of the D-League draft, then grabbed players who have scored abundantly.

The Mad Ants didn't have a first-round pick, thanks to the trade for Luke Harangody last season.

With their first selection, No. 13 in the second round, they took former UCLA player Alfred Aboya, a 6-foot-9 forward with a lot of international experience. The 28-year-old Cameroonian averaged 8 points and 6.7 rebounds over 28 games for the Shiga Lakestars last season in Japan.

He has also played in Turkey, Venezuela and France, while also playing seven games this year for Cameroon in the African Championships, in which he averaged 8 points and 3.6 rebounds over seven games.

"He's a little bit older," said Ryan Blake, an NBA draft analyst. "He's a big man who is versatile. Fort Wayne is one of my favorite teams and he's a guy with a lot of international experience. He played in Japan last year. He does a lot of the little things. … Fort Wayne gets a good player with a lot of experience."

The Mad Ants' third-round pick, 6-5 forward Brandon Beasley, was an NAIA Division II All-American last season for William Penn. He averaged 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

The fourth-round pick, Kyle Randall, led the Mid-American Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game last season for Central Michigan.

Salim Stoudamire, the fifth-round pick, is a former NBA player with Atlanta from 2005 to 2008. He played last season in Venezuela.

"He's played in the (NBA)," Blake said. "He's an undersized (6-1) combo guard and can absolutely shoot the lights out. I like the kid. … But when you're out of the league and you're a combo guard, you have to prove you're going to be a playmaker. There are a lot of players in the league who shoot the ball and are a lot bigger. He improved defensively, which I like, and he's in good shape."

In the sixth round, the Mad Ants took Titus Robinson, a former Buffalo player.

Former IPFW player Frank Gaines – the Mastodons' all-time leading scorer – was selected by Maine with the first pick of the second round. He averaged 20.4 points per game over the last two seasons.

Reggie Hearn, who played at Snider and then Northwestern, was taken by Idaho in the sixth round.

Returning Mad Ants players include Anthony Harris, Ramon Harris, Ron Howard, Chris Hunter, Chris Porter and Terrance Thomas.

Players who got invited to Thursday's training camp based on their performances at open tryouts include former Indiana player Rod Wilmont (also a former Mad Ant), former West Virginia player Matt Humphrey and former Miami player Will Frisby.

Former Miami player Trey McKinney-Jones and former Oklahoma player Romero Osby have been assigned to Fort Wayne by NBA teams.